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This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR807 7.2-Channel Black Home Theater Receiver
Pros: Pre-outs, Rated at 135w per 2ch, Audyssey, multiple listening modes, Ethernet port, plenty of analogue and HDMI connectivity, 7.2 availability, even more features
Cons: HDMI board failures
Other Thoughts: It may be a moot point by now for this model however, I have enjoyed my Onkyo 807 for around 5 yrs now! After 3 yrs, the HDMI board went south. Onkyo gave me an out of warranty fix, I was out of pocket only the cost of shipping one way. It's been a champ ever since. I run three amplifiers from this unit to power 5 speakers, the 807 powers the surrounds. I use my 807 daily whether it's blu rays, CD's or internet radio. For music, the 807 offers "Pure Audio" LOVE IT!!
Yes, it's true that Onkyo has had it's more than fair share of HDMI board failures, but when handled properly, Onkyo has taken care of their customers, I know of others beside myself, so my claim is accurate!!
And now, after 5 years of ownership, I'm ready to expand my theater to an 11.2, enter the Onkyo TX-NR3010, with my 807 still running strong, will retire it's H.T. duties to a 3.0 bedroom set up :) I have no interest in the new Dolby Atmos, but instead prefer the capabilities of Audyssey MultEQ XT32 offered with the 3010.
Hopefully, those with unfortunate HDMI failures will see this and ask Onkyo for a "one time out of warranty fix". This has been a great receiver, no need to let it go to waste over a very fixable scenario.
This review is from: Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single
Pros: Looks better in person, 2 sets of 5 way binding posts, "can" produce impressive bass.
Cons: None worth mentioning.
Other Thoughts: First of all, when the egg offers the super sale, you end up getting way more for your money!!
While owning these lovely speakers, I had the chance to experiment with; wiring, amplification and placement.
You can bi-wire, but don't expect a major difference, I ended up making homemade jumpers from 10awg wire and just running a single set of wires.
You can bi-amp from the AVR but again, don't expect an audible change worth writing home about.
Placement, for best results from a 10' listening distance, I spaced the 70's about 8' apart, pulled off the wall about 2.5' and toed them in so the axis crossed just behind my head. They imaged very well, providing depth and clarity at an exceptional level considering the price.
Power; these bad boys are hungry. I ran them off of my AVR and in stereo, they were fed right at 135wpc. I added an external amp providing 200wpc, and when the volume is cranked, I noticed more detail coming from the 70's.
Now, check this out. The 70's are rated at 275w. I demoed them for sale hooked up to an amp cranking out 300wpc. The Monitor 70's became a different speaker, the additional power did two things; 1) allowed the M70's to yield even more detail, impressive detail. 2) the M70's had a bass output that was felt in the floor.
Suddenly, I was hesitant to sell 'em, I was shocked and impressed with the sound that my speakers were making, so much that I told the buyer that I might have second thoughts. The buyer was equally impressed and quickly shelled out my asking price and was happy about it!!
Speakers are more likely to clip from being underpowered than over powered (get your read on with speaker clipping).
The Monitor 70's responded incredibly to the additional power. These speakers, in my set up, were primarily used for H.T, not that great for 2ch music, but when the power came on, they became a musical speaker that I hadn't heard before, the detail and depth just blew me away.
I used 12awg copper speaker wire and replaced the stock jumpers with 10awg copper speaker wire.
At retail prices, these speaker are highly recommended, at these incredible sale prices, I'm wondering, what the heck are you waiting for???
This review is from: Polk Audio CS10 Single Center Speaker - Black
Pros: Very nice looking speaker in person. Has a real nice sound.
Cons: Prone to smudges on the end caps.
Other Thoughts: This center speaker can "make" your set up, just go in with some basic knowledge; it's great for a small to medium sized room, it can use extra power to enhance the overall sound stage, should be paired up with same make and series.
With that being said, you can mix and match any speaker brand you want however, achieving a seamless sound stage is generally the preferred goal!
The CS1 can and should be paired with the Monitor/TSi series. The Monitor 50 and TSi 300 for towers. The Monitor 30's and 40's and the TSi 100 and 200 would also pair wonderfully with the CS1.
The CS1 is an excellent speaker but can be easily overpowered it paired in the wrong set up. If you're running the medium to large towers, the CS20 or CS2 is IMO the way to go.
I had the opportunity to demo the CS10 and 20 side by side. At first glance, the CS10 is musical, produces great clarity and intelligible dialogue. Enter the CS20, dial them both up and the CS20 leaves the 10 appearing to struggle and sound under powered.
The CS10 is an awesome speaker and the performance can be unparalleled when placed in the right set up. Bottom line, recommended for med to small mains, for a med to small room, and can handle external power.
Display Name: Geoffrey L.
Date Joined: 02/02/10
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